Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre backstroke
|Men's 200 metre backstroke|
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
|Venue||Beijing National Aquatics Center|
|Date||August 13, 2008 (heats)|
August 14, 2008 (semifinals)
August 15, 2008 (final)
|Competitors||42 from 33 nations|
|Winning time||1:53.94 WR|
Billed as the Clash of the Titans, Ryan Lochte stormed home on the final lap to defeat his teammate Aaron Peirsol and claim his first individual Olympic gold medal. He touched the wall first in 1:53.94, faster than the world record he shared with Peirsol at 1:54.32.
Peirsol enjoyed a head-to-head battle against Lochte in the first 150 metres, but ended up only with a silver in 1:54.33. Russia's Arkady Vyatchanin added a second bronze to his collection, finishing in a new European record of 1:54.93 to hold off Austria's Markus Rogan (1:55.49), the silver medalist in Athens four years earlier. Earlier in the semifinals, Vyatchanin edged out Germany's Helge Meeuw in a swimoff to secure a last spot for the top 8 final.
Japan's Ryosuke Irie finished fifth with a time of 1:55.72, and was followed in the sixth spot by Australia's Hayden Stoeckel, who shared bronze medals with Vyatchanin in the 100 m backstroke, in an Oceanian record of 1:56.39. Romania's Răzvan Florea (1:56.52) and Great Britain's Gregor Tait (1:57.00) rounded out the finale.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record|| Ryan Lochte (USA)
Aaron Peirsol (USA)
Omaha, United States
|30 March 2007|
4 July 2008
|Olympic record||Aaron Peirsol (USA)||1:54.95||Athens, Greece||19 August 2004|
The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.
|August 15||Final||Ryan Lochte||United States||1:53.94||WR, OR|
|1||4||Aaron Peirsol||United States||1:55.26||Q|
|2||2||Răzvan Florea||Romania||1:56.45||Q, NR|
|3||3||Hayden Stoeckel||Australia||1:56.73||Q, OC|
|1||4||Ryan Lochte||United States||1:55.40||Q|
|4||3||Gregor Tait||Great Britain||1:56.72||Q|
|8||1||George Du Rand||South Africa||1:58.61||AF|
|5||Ryan Lochte||United States||1:53.94||WR|
|4||Aaron Peirsol||United States||1:54.33|
|8||7||Gregor Tait||Great Britain||1:57.00|
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